The U.S. Coast Guard assisted Elgin OPP with the rescue of kayakers just south of Port Bruce, Lake Erie Tuesday night.
Three youth, all 14 years old from the Aylmer, Malahide Township area, were kayaking when they got into trouble in very rough and windy conditions around 9:05 p.m., not being able to paddle back to shore. Witnesses reported they were being pushed away from shore out into open water.
An adult witness from shore attempted to kayak out to the group and also got into trouble. Local boaters were able to reach two of the kayakers and plucked them from the water while the other two remained in the water.
The Canadian Joint Rescue Coordination Centre – Kingston was able to have a U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) helicopter dispatched, which arrived on scene around 10:10 p.m. The USCG helicopter deployed a rescue swimmer who remained with the two parties that were still in the water.
All parties were safely rescued at approximately 10:20 p.m.
One youth was treated for mild hypothermia by EMS. Malahide Fire Services was also on scene and assisted in the rescue.
All parties were wearing life jackets which was a key component in their survival.
Two arrested in Brownsville
On June 22, at approximately 9:10 p.m., the Oxford County Ontario Provincial Police received a report of an assault at an address on Hincks Street, Brownsville.
Investigation determined that all parties had been consuming alcohol and two were requested to leave. They complied and left the area by way of taxi, only to return shortly after the police departed.
Officers returned to the address after a second report was made for a major disturbance. It was determined that several people were assaulted, with minor injuries reported.
As a result, two individuals were arrested and taken into custody.
25-year-old Ashley DeRyk of Tillsonburg was charged with Assault, Mischief and Forcible Entry.
31-year-old Amber Smith of Tillsonburg, Ontario was charged with Assault.
Both accused are scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Woodstock at a later date.
Otterville driver charged with impaired
On June 22 at approximately 11:55 a.m., the Oxford County Ontario Provincial Police received a report of a possible impaired driver on Main Street, Otterville.
Officers located the vehicle and driver. Police spoke with the driver and formed the opinion that the driver had consumed an alcoholic beverage.
A roadside screening device test was administered and as a result, the driver was arrested and taken into custody.
John Scott DeCloet, 48-years-old of Otterville, was charged with Operation While Impaired-Blood Alcohol Concentration (80 plus).
The accused is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Woodstock at a later date.
Mischief to property, farm machinery – $30,000 in damage reported
On Saturday, June 20, at approximately 9:50 a.m., the Ontario Provincial Police, Norfolk County Detachment investigated a mischief at a Lehman Dam Side Road, Middleton, Norfolk County address.
It was determined that between 9 p.m. Friday, June 19 and 4 a.m. Saturday, June 20, unknowns entered the farm property and removed a Global Positioning System (GPS) from a tractor – and left it on the driveway. A second tractor had been entered and the GPS system was completely removed.
It was also discovered that unknowns entered a barn and proceeded to use a fork lift to do circular burnouts. Wires to fuel lines required to finish planting were also damaged along with a boat that was being stored inside the barn.
A pickup truck located on the property, along with two Sea-Doos were also vandalized. The damage is estimated at approximately $30,000.
The OPP want to remind all residents that if they see anything suspicious to please contact the police immediately. If anyone is found committing acts of mischief, appropriate charges will be laid.
Anyone with information regarding this incident should immediately contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1 – 888 – 310 – 1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1 – 800 – 222 – 8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous online message at www.helpsolvecrime.com where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.
Dirt bike vandalized, OPP investigating
On Tuesday, June 23, at approximately 8:43 p.m., the Ontario Provincial Police, Norfolk County Detachment investigated a mischief at 1st Concession Road, Middleton.
Unknowns damaged a dirt bike on the property with a sharp object.
Members of the Norfolk County OPP are continuing to investigate and is seeking the public’s assistance with this investigation. If anyone has any information they are being asked to contact police at 1-888-310-1122.
Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222- 8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous online message at www.helpsolvecrime.com where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.